Unusual November snow falls on Columbia

jholleman@thestate.comNovember 12, 2013 

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Correction (Noon, Wednesday): The National Weather Service says Tuesday's trace snowfall was not as unusual as first reported.

While a measurable amount of snowfall has only fallen in Columbia only twice in 124 years, last night's snow was the 15th time that a trace amount has fallen in November.

The National Weather Service originally tweeted the incorrect information on Tuesday evening, and corrected it shortly before midnight.

Original story (posted Tuesday): For just the third time in 124 years, November snow was officially reported in Columbia on Tuesday night.

The National Weather Service says the snow, reported at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport, is only the third time in 124 years that's happened in Columbia in November.

Also snow was falling mixed with rain in Lexington County and snow alone was reported in Blythewood, according to social media reports on the National Weather Service Facebook page.

The winds that came with the edge of the cold front were strong enough to knock out power in several places. At 9 p.m., there were nearly 3,000 SCE&G customers without power in Lexington, Newberry and Richland counties. By 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, that had been reduced to fewer than 350.

While the chance of snow disappears, the temperatures will continue to fall.

Forecast lows range from the upper 20s in Greenwood to the middle 30s in Columbia Tuesday night. With strong winds of 20 to 25-mph expected, however, it will feel much colder.

The first hard freeze of the season is on its way, with temperatures below 32 throughout the region Wednesday night.

Temperatures are expected to drop into the 20s for much of the state Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Highs will be in the 40s on Wednesday and back up to the 50s on Thursday.

State agriculture officials say the freeze should have minimal impact on crops. In general, farmers in the state plan for the first freeze by mid-November. But if you have cold-sensitive plants around your home, these are the nights to cover them to keep warm or bring them inside.

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